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Saxon village house in Transylvania, Romania, near Brasov. Late Jan to mid-March 2015

  • This house is in: Romania, Bod (village)
  • Period available: 1 month
  • Starts: 20 January 2015
  • Ends: 20 March 2015
  • Are there any pets to look after?

About this assignment

Single person, couple or small family, to sit house whilst I am taking my annual winter visit to Britain - mid January to mid-March 2015 only. Must be non-smokers. A dog is acceptable but only in the enclosed courtyard, not in the house.

Note that if you also do HelpX, I am a registered HelpX host.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Sitting the house in my absence. Supervising my idiosyncratic gas central heating system and pumped water supply from well. Snow clearance in courtyard as required. There are some maintenance, repair, and decorating jobs that may need doing if the sitter wishes and is able - we will discuss this in advance.

What are the good features of the property and location

Typical, traditional Saxon smallholding (but no longer worked as a farm) in a quiet, attractive, rural village in Transylvania, central Romania - 15kms north of Brasov city. Property has gas-fired central heating, running hot and cold water supplied from a well, indoor toilet, shower but no bath, partial double glazing, oak beams, traditional features, insulated loft, cable TV, wireless internet.

Property is set in its own enclosed, gated courtyard about 500 metres from village centre on a quiet asphalt road, with frequent horse-drawn carts passing front gate. Mature pine trees, apple, pear and walnut orchard, vines and large parking area in courtyard.

The Carpathian Mountains - with peaks of up to 2500 m - are visible only 15 kms away from my garden and the village street.

This village is in the heart of "Saxon Transylvania" - rural Romania with ethnic Romanian, Szekely (Hungarian), Saxon (German) and Roma (gypsy) people. The Saxon villages with their impressive fortified churches are all around, and the superbly preserved medieval fortified town of Sighisoara is only 2 hours away by road or 3 by train.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

This is rural Romania - life is varied, fun, different, and sometimes hard and very challenging. It will be deep winter, with temperatures regularly down to minus 20 Celsius at night, perhaps minus 30 on occasions. Daytime temperatures can be anything from minus 15 to plus 15.

There is a frequent (but not regular) bus service from the village centre (500m from house) to Brasov city, 15kms away (takes 30 minutes).

I have friendly, helpful neighbours and other people in the village for local support, some of whom speak basic English.

For security reasons you will NOT be able to go drinking in the village bars, which are rough places where local men gather to drink hard and glean the gossip on what is going on in the village! However there are plenty of excellent restaurants and social drinking places in Brasov 15kms away.

I will be contactable online, and by phone in an emergency, but will not be able to return to Romania before the agreed date (early March).

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